We have for a long time used stories of the Martyrs as part of our school. Often times I would not be able to get through the stories without breaking down in tears, my heart aching for the pain and suffering of our brothers and sisters in Christ. My children would sit in wonder at their courage and gasp in awe at the power of God. Those times are precious memories...but I wish they weren't. I have longed for more stories to share with my children, and myself. We need to be reminded how relatively easy we have it here in America and just how real the persecution of the Church is.
Bearing Witness Edited by Charles E. Moore and Timothy Keiderling is the book I was looking for. Bearing Witness is divided into Four Parts: Early Christians, Radical Reformers, Early Modern Witnesses, and Recent Witnesses. If you are worried about dry, dusty stories don't be. These stories are alive and beautifully told. The book starts out with an Introduction that starts like this, "Following Jesus can be Dangerous. On April 14, 2014, members of Boko Haram, a radicalized Islamic group in Nigeria, attacked a girls' school in Chibok and kidnapped most of the students." That is real and that is Now. Our families need to read these stories and pass them on to future generations.
About Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship
From the stoning of Stephen in the first-century Jerusalem to Nigerian Christians persecuted by Boko Haram in 2015, these stirring accounts will inspire greater faithfulness to the way of Jesus, reminding believers what costly discipleship looks like in any age. Bearing Witness brings together dozens of accounts from around the world of Christians who gave witness to their faith in the face of intense persecution, even if it costs them their lives.
In selecting stories for this book, the editors focused on Anabaptist martyrs and others who suffered for their commitment to believer’s baptism and nonviolence.
Publisher: Plough Publishing House
About the editors:
Charles E. Moore has complied and edited several acclaimed books and Timothy Keiderling is a researcher for the Bearing Witness Stories Project.
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If you are looking for an amazing book your family can use to learn about the martyrs of the Faith, this is the one to get. While it is hard for young ones to hear these stories, it is so important to be honest about the very real persecution of the Saints.
***To be entered in this drawing leave a comment with a martyr story that has touched you and an email address!
GIVEAWAY!! I will draw ONE winner of a copy of Bearing Witness Monday May 30th.
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As always, the opinions expressed are my own. I received a copy for review purposes.